Bo Jackson's 53rd birthday is the perfect excuse to relive his greatest baseball moments
Happy 53rd birthday Bo Jackson!
Bo Jackson dazzled baseball fans with speed that made the outfield gaps evaporate, power that seemed to move the fences in and the raw strength that reduced baseball bats to toothpicks.
On Nov. 30, Jackson turned 53 years old, and that's the perfect excuse for us to fire up the GIF machine to marvel at the explosive athleticism that helped his brief career -- cut short by injuries -- have such a lasting effect on the baseball community.
Bo knows power: The first home run of Jackson's career is still the longest homer ever hit at Royals Stadium (now named Kauffman Stadium).
Bo knows fielding: Jack "The Ripper" Clark thought he had himself a home run, until Jackson effortlessly jogged out to the wall, timed his leap perfectly and brought that baby back.
Bo knows throwing: MLB Network's Harold Reynolds used to be known for his speed on the bases. Turns out that that speed was no match for Jackson's arm. He cut Reynolds down at the plate and saved a game for the Royals with "The Throw."
Bo knows clutch: In his first and only All-Star appearance, Jackson led off the bottom of the first by taking Rick Reuschel deep to center. He'd go on to be named MVP of the 1989 ASG.
Bo knows more power: On July 17, 1990, Jackson hit three home runs in five innings against the Yankees before injuring himself diving for a ball in the outfield (the ball he dove for became a Deion Sanders inside-the-park home run):
P.S. When Jackson returned from the injury sustained on that Sanders inside-the-park home run, he faced some Mariners pitcher named Randy Johnson. Jackson promptly launched a 435-foot homer on the first pitch of the at-bat. Four home runs in four consecutive at-bats spread out over 41 days.